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Majorca captivates the MICE industry

Majorca is an unavoidable sun and beach destination with a “summer” that lasts from late March until late November. Therefore, in addition to captivating thousands of families and couples from all over Europe, who see the island a destination for leisure and pleasure, it has convinced the MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Expositions) sector. Large corporations have set their sights on the island for the organisation of business conferences, events and congresses of all kinds.

Hotel with meeting rooms in Palma de Mallorca

The celebration of business events often requires choosing a destination that can be remembered by all the managers and businessmen invited. Conquering the audience demands much more than providing a good organisation in a modern facility. It demands a pleasant setting, with proposals that accurately complement the event’s program, not forgetting that, what matters is what is being discussed (even though business deals may be sealed at some renowned restaurant).

The largest of the Balearic Islands, as capital of the region, offers everything that a big city can provide at a more manageable space, that allows visitors to enjoy their time on the island without travelling long distances. The cultural and gastronomic offer is varied and complete throughout the year, allowing the choice of any date for the celebration of an event next to the Mediterranean.

Spa & Wellnes Marina Hotels

The hotel infrastructures in Majorca have been refurbished in detail on the last years, in order to improve the facilities and spaces that, within their hotels in Palma de Mallorca, offer to business travellers. There are impressive facilities to organise all kinds of product presentations and management meetings.

One of the last accommodations to join these hotels for events in Palma de Mallorca is the exclusive adults only accommodation in Cala Estancia, that has been designed and refurbished but the hotel chain Marina Hotels, the Marina Luz. Besides being one of the few accommodations with free wifi in the rooms, the hotel has one of the best spaces for receptions and cocktails in Majorca. A lounge bar with a terrace and views to the Bay of Palma. And, in January 2014, they will premiere a wellness area in Cala Estancia.

Hotel marina Luz Cala Estancia

In recent years, the majority of businesses and professional associations have chosen Majorca as a destination for celebrating events almost. They have opted for, in the majority of cases,  hotels and spaces close to the centre of Palma, mainly Illetas, Playa de Palma, the Paseo Maritimo or the old town of the city, where there are several luxury accommodations adapted to the MICE sector.

 

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The saline grounds in Jandia

The Saladar of Jandia in Fuerteventura, is a natural gem which has recently been restored and today surrounds one of the most beautiful beaches of the island, the famous Jandia beach, also known as Playa del Matorral.

Belonging to the town of Pájara and located next to the touristic town of Morro Jable, the Saladar de Jandia stands next to the Natural Park of Jandia and the protected area to the south of the island of Fuerteventura.

This is a natural area of salt ponds that are created by the effects of tides, in the middle of an area of native vegetation, formed mostly from bushes that give it its name. The work carried out to recuperate, that after much strenuous work, was completed in the late 2,000, have allowed to separate the beach from the road. This has won some important neutral space that will benefit the conservation of vegetation and sand without external changes except for the natural effects of winds and tides.

El Saladar de Jandia Fuerteventura

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The view is that of a rare area, with the blue of the Atlantic as a back view, the luminous stripe of sand and the large surface of scrubland on which stands the lighthouse of Morro Jable, the most important of the Jandia Peninsula.

To visit the Saladar of Jandia the best is to reserve a hotel in Playa Jandia. All around the area, there are a number of accommodations, among them the hotels with spa in Playa del Matorral and some of the best resorts for couples in Jandia.

Hotel Playa de Jandia

However, if you prefer, you can make the trip by car from any point in Fuerteventura. Parking is not easy in this area, but if you do not mind walking a bit, it should not be a problem.

The best time to visit the saline grounds of Jandia is the evening, when the sun goes down and the show of lights in tonalities of gold, red and orange combine with the nature of this unique location in Fuerteventura.

Menorca, the last oasis of the Mediterranean

Minorca, one of the Balearic Islands, is one of the few oasis of peace and tranquility that remain in the Mediterranean. Full of history, heritage and long lasting traditions, this island of 702 km² offers a unique landscape, almost untouched, with lush Mediterranean nature, that has been declared Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.

Discreet and quiet, Minorca is one of the few Spanish islands where you can still find completely unspoilt beaches, far away from civilisation and hidden away between the deep blue of the sea and the green shades of this characteristic landscape.

Playas de MinorcaPlaya Galdana Minorca

As a tourist destination, Minorca is famous for attracting a high middle class traveller, with a taste for tranquility, natural spaces, quality services and gastronomy and of course, security.

British, Spanish, Nordic, and recently, Russians with high purchasing power, seek refuge in the Minorcan coasts and in its charming inland villages.

If you are travelling with the family, Minorca is the perfect island since it has a hotel infrastructure, that as well as having a great respect for the environment in which they are located, they offer services adapted to the specific needs of those travelling with children and expect the maximum relaxation.

Hotel Sol Falco in Minorca

Playa den Bou and the beach of Son Xoriguer, in Cala Bosch, are some of the resorts especially suitable for holidays with children. In this area, we can recommend the Sol Falco All Inclusive hotel and the Sol Milanos Pingüinos hotel, both belonging to the Sol Hotels brand, that include children’s entertainment and special menus for kids.

On the other hand, Cala Galdana and the beach of Santo Tomas are two ideal places to relax with your partner and enjoy a few days of sun with every desire. Among the Adults Only accommodations and hotels for couples in the area,  the Hotel Sol Menorca and the Hotel Sol Gavilanes stand out, the only hotel located on the beach of Cala Galdana.

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How to choose a family holiday destination

Travelling with the family has its pros and cons and, as with everything, there are a number of tricks that can help plan better these days together, and avoid the tears and whines of the younger ones and, of course, the resulting despair and frustration of the parents. Choosing a perfect destination for all is one of those key elements that can make a trip be a pleasant one.

Sometimes, destinations are versatile and well worth travelling with children as well as organising a romantic escapade with your partner. But many other times it is not the case: a weekend in a big city like Madrid or Barcelona, in order to go shopping or to the theatre or enjoy long walks through museums and monuments is usually a very activity for children. You either organise in detail, or it is doomed to fail.

family holidays majorca

However, spending a weekend by the sea, in a family hotel in Majorca can be perfect: everyone can enjoy the beach, quiet walks by the sea, a day at a water park or a visit to the centre of Palma, which is small, charming and easy to walk in an afternoon.

The size of the city or town of the destination is, therefore, important: children do not like long journeys by car or metro, neither they like crowded sites, shops or museums, they prefer the countryside, the freedom of the beach or just a day in a kids city park, playing with their parents.

vacaciones en familia a Mallorca

If the destination has it all, great, if not, they should always prevail the preferences of children, as they are often less easy to adapt to certain environments than adults.

A good choice for a summer family holiday is to book a hotel for children in Ibiza: the setting is ideal for holidays with your partner and, although the leisure offer for children is less extensive than for other traveller segments, hotels have very complete services for all ages. In addition, the entertainment programs always include activities for the whole family because, after all, the goal of the holidays is to have fun together, right?

 

Much more than a hotel

The experience of travelling may be perceived in different ways by different people. For sporadic travellers, travelling is a complete adventure: the destination is usually new and the illusion and eagerness to spend some days far away from routine make everything perfect. For the expert globetrotter, travelling is always an adventure, but it is necessary to search for new stunning destinations that crown that special trip or, if we are talking about a business trip, a hotel which is much more than… a hotel.

Petit palace museum barcelona

Business trips abroad are a complete penitence for the traveller who, on the one hand, does not enjoy the calmness of finishing his day at home with his beloved ones, and on the other hand, is so tired that he cannot make the most of the leisure and relax advantages of the destination. 

Because of that, the hotel becomes an essential part of the trip. Choosing a good business hotel in Madrid or a business hotel in Barcelona may be relatively easy as the demand has increased the options for those who travel for business, one of the most important tourist sectors nowadays.

However, it is hard to find a good business hotel in Sevilla or other destinations with a ludic or festive connotation, like Malaga or Salamanca. However, the tourist sector has made an effort to create a whole range of special services for this type of client.

Petit Palace Madrid Embassy Serrano

À la carte restaurants, gym, wifi and free computers in the rooms, massage service, stationary bikes, safe-deposit box for your laptop and documents, business centre and meeting rooms. Business hotels in Valencia, Bilbao and many other Spanish cities which understand their clients and have a professional staff.

Hotels which are much more than a hotel because they have the capacity to transform and offer an exclusive business service and an immaculate personal attention for their guests to enjoy their holidays.

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Sunsets at Playa Blanca

One of the many “secrets” that can be heard about Lanzarote is the incredible sunsets that can be enjoyed in Playa Blanca. In this picturesque resort of Lanzarote one can stop looking at the clock and guide themselves all day by the position of the sun, until it dives into the Atlantic Ocean creating one of the most beautiful moments on the Canary Islands.

Room Villas Coral Deluxe

 

The serenity of this island, declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, has special significance at that time of the day where the the sun and moon, after a days chase, are closest to each other. The scene is one of the most shared among the visitors of the island, that are pleasantly surprised by the luminescence of the sun in this area of the Atlantic, before it disappears completely.

There are numerous places where to enjoy this exceptional time of the day and take some unique photographs. One of the most recommended is the surroundings of the road leading to the lighthouse of Pechiguera in Playa Blanca. In order to share these moments in good company, and with an aperitif before dinner, there a number of bars, restaurants and luxury villas in Playa Blanca with chill out terraces, that are the perfect scenario to relax and enjoy a drink.

Playa Blanca Lanzarote

El Mirador, Café del Mar, Marea, Jungle… Along the entire seaside promenade of Playa Blanca, in the area of the sports marina of Marina Rubicon in Lanzarote, a lively atmosphere is assured and the views are immaculate. The music rises in intensity as the sun sets and it is the ideal companion to the famous sunsets in Playa Blanca.

Among the accommodations with 5 star services in Playa Blanca, we can recommend Villas Coral Deluxe, a building with a typical Canarian architecture, that offers an intimate resting space, different to a hotel and more relaxing and has, at the same time, with an exclusive personalised service, rivalling the service of any hotel.

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The beautiful Majorca

Visiting Majorca in summer is still a ritual European tourists with a high acquisition level practise every August. With the official arrival of the summer in the rest of countries of the continent, millionaires, famous people, important business men, the royal family or even political authorities meet in this beautiful island of the Mediterranean where prince Rainiero and Grace Kelly spend their honeymoon.

Holidays in Mallorca

The northern coast, with the idyllic Cabo Formentor putting the final touch to the Serra de Tramuntana, is one of the preferred destinations in the island by the jet set to spend their sunny holidays. Making a reservation in one of the exclusive hotels on the north of Majorca gives you options to meet any of them heading to the golf court, to the spa or to the beach.

No doubt the north of Majorca is a luxury: choosing a beach hotel in Muro will allow you to discover the incredible Albufera, which lies among dunes by the sea or by the beaches and coves of S’Aucanada, La Victoria, Son Serra de Marina, the magic Alcudia and its eternal walls…. A place to get away from it all and escape to a desert cove.

Beach Costa de la Calma Majorca

On the other side of the island, on the norther coast, in the municipalities of Calvia and Andratx, concentrate large part of famous tourists. Most of them own a house in the surroundings, as it is the case of the model Claudia Schiffer, who owns a house in the area of Es Camp de Mar: one of those places where the Mediterranean offers a unique show of greens and blues which seems unreal. 

Close to the German model’s house we find other less well-known coastal areas but -maybe precisely because of that- as beautiful as the other: booking a hotel in Costa de la Calma is a good way of surprising your couple and live a romantic trip to the paradise. 

Hotel in Alcudia

Besides, the proximity to Palma de Majorca and to the exclusive areas of Port Adriano and Puerto Portals makes this northern area an authentic luxury tourist spot in the Mediterranean where all type of personalities gather, from the football player to the famous DJ David Guetta.

Holidays in September

To take holidays in September is an option more and more travellers are choosing every year: the price of the tickets and hotel accommodation are more affordable, beaches are less crowded and calmer and the weather is mild throughout Spain and large part of the Mediterranean.

Hotel in Sardinia

Book a hotel in Sardinia, a resort in Croatia or take the opportunity to discover Hungary resting in an idyllic hotel in Budapest. There are endless proposals for your September holidays and the options include even exotic destinations in Africa which during the peak European season are visited by hundreds of tourists.

You can get a room in a hotel in Morocco in September, in Agadir or Berkane, at an affordable price if you make the reservation in advance. Besides, exotic destinations like Buvda, Montengro or Cavtat, in Croatia, are a good option till the end of October or November.

Moroccan Desert

For those who do not want either to travel far away or leave Spain, the Balearic and Canary Islands will never disappoint them. The hotel facilities are still open those dates, the cultural attractions multiply, as September is the favourite month for national tourists and tourists with a middle-high acquisition level from areas like France, Italy or Switzerland, to the detriment of the German and British tourists which travel during the summer months.

The best located hotels in Majorca for these months of the year are located in the northern area: Playa de Muro, Alcudia or unique hotels like the Iberostar Pinos Park, located in one of the most beautiful coves in the island, Sa Font de Sa Cala, a small beach oriented to the east and perfect to enjoy the last moments of the Majorcan summer.

The origin of Islantilla

Islantilla was born from the union between La Antilla and Cristina island. It is a reference destination for holidays in Huelva, where the traveller will find high class tourist services like cultural activities, outdoor sports for all ages and tastes and some of the best beaches of the coast of Huelva.

Playa de Islantilla, Huelva

Before being the important tourist centre in Huelva which is today, Islantilla was just a group of estates and farming fields located by the sea, surrounded by high cliffs and pine woods. The tides, the rains and the type of soil made this fields not appropriate for growing and farming so most of them became neglected fields of bushes and weeds.

At the end of the 80s and 90s the possibility of revitalising the area and creating a high class natural tourist destination with good services was brought up. This idea came into being and the project took shape gradually and evolved in different stages. The third stage is still currently being developed.

The first hotel in Islantilla was the Confortel Islantilla Hotel, a place which symbolises all the creators of this tourist community in Huelva were aiming at: a quality tourism with a high acquisition level which bets for something more than crowded sandy areas and for exclusive services in detriment of plentiful but low quality services.  

Hotel Confortel Islantilla Huelva

The hotel chain Confortel Hotels brought its hallmark to the area promoting the use of new technologies, facilities with maximum quality equipments, and it took the concept of design hotel it offers in Madrid and Barcelona to the beaches of Huelva. Today, Confortel Hotel offers one of the most attractive holiday experiences in Islantilla.  

And for those who want to book directly a room in the most idyllic hotel in Islantilla, Confortel has created an official website of the hotel chain and an individual exclusive website.

An escapade to the heart of the Costa Brava

The Costa Brava covers the whole of the coast of Girona and offers one of the most authentic views of the Mediterranean. As well as bustling touristic towns typical of the Spanish Levante, one can still find those areas that maintain the charm of the old fashioned summers.

Cadaques Girona

One storey buildings, in front of the sea, with winding narrow streets with children playing in the open air, swimming in the sea, running towards the pine trees to looking for shade…. A memory of past times that is more difficult to find as progress and development has swept through the area. Nevertheless, many maintain their essence and thus make them the ideal destination to enjoy with the family. A relaxed summer, just like the ones in the old days.

Cadaques, Banyoles, S’Agaro, Begur… The Costa Brava extends from Blanes until the border with France and it is dotted with scenes of dense vegetation that descends from the mountains to the sea, that create beautiful and charming beaches of fine white sand.

Beach Santa Sussana

In many of these towns we can find natural harbours from which neighbours set off to fish aboard their small boats. The majority do so just for fun: the Mediterranean is a calm sea where sailing is a pleasure, especially during the summer, with its warm waters and with hardly any swell.

In order to enjoy these little towns, the best is to plan a car trip that allows the traveller to stop and spend the night in the different places of the Catalonian coast where to enjoy and discover the customs of the Mediterranean.

Fergus Style Cala Blanca Suites

Along the coasts of Barcelona and Girona there are number of accommodations with full services, it is enough to choose those that are closer to the towns we wish to visit. One of the hotel chains with a larger presence in the area and better valued by clients is Fergus Hotels, that has 5 hotels along the coast:

· Hotels in Lloret de Mar

· Hotels in Santa Susanna

· Hotels in Calella

· Hotels in Malgrat de Mar

· Hotels in Pineda de Mar

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